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The Best of URTeC

Chair – Tuba Firincioglu

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  |  Denver, ColoradoMile High Room 4 - Colorado Convention Center

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Location:In-Person – Colorado Convention Center (Speakers presenting in-person and online)

The URTeC technical committee selects one presentation per technical theme to receive recognition as the best in that theme. The themes include a wide variety of subjects that are relevant to unconventional resources. Best of URTeC session is created to present these award-winning papers. This year’s session offers a wide range of topics including geophysical reservoir characterization, integration of fracture diagnostics and geomechanics, well spacing, operator performance benchmarking through machine learning, enhanced oil recovery application, water compatibility, and water/proppant assessment.

Session Chair

Tuba Firincioglu


Hossein Davari
Lead Data Scientist, Seismos, Inc.
8:00 am – Real-Time Hydraulic Fracture Optimization Based on the Integration of Fracture Diagnostics and Reservoir Geomechanics

Hossein Davari has 12 years of industrial and academic experience in the field of Data Science and Machine Learning for industrial applications. He currently leads the Data Science team at Seismos and works alongside Geophysicists and Completions Engineers to develop innovative Machine Learning solutions for optimizing the design and completion of unconventional wells. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati with a focus on how data-driven methods can be utilized to make machines more intelligent and predict and prevent failures. Prior to joining Seismos, he worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS) at the University of Cincinnati where he developed Predictive Analytic solutions for manufacturing and transportation applications including collaborations with Goodyear, Mazak, Mitsubishi Electric, and Emerson.

Andrew Munoz
Ensign Natural Resources
8:25 am – Unlocking Value from Vintage Seismic Processing - Pre-Stack Conditioning and Inversion in the Eagle Ford Shale

Andrew Munoz is an experienced Geophysicist who has evaluated seismic for multiple unconventional resource plays across the US. He holds a bachelors degree from Texas A&M University and a Masters degree from the Colorado School of Mines in geophysics. Andrew specializes in seismic data conditioning, inversion, interpretation, and multivariate statistical analysis for unconventional resource exploration and development. He is currently the Geophysicist for Ensign Natural Resources, a newly formed, private-equity backed operator in the Eagle Ford Shale Play of South Texas.

Narayana Nagarajan
Hess Corp
8:50 am – Successful Field Test of Enhancing Bakken Oil Recovery with Propane Injection Part I. Field Test Planning, Operations, Surveillance, and Results
Tanhee Galindo
GeoKimika Oil & Gas
9:15 am – Optimizing Fluid Compatibility in Produced Waters

Tanhee Galindo is the Co-owner of GeoKimika Oil & Gas, an Oilfield Chemistry Testing and Consulting. She is a multidisciplinary entrepreneur and scientist, focused on developing, and commercializing technologies. Her experience ranges from developing new oilfield chemical formulations to new cloud platform services in the energy and chemical manufacturing industries. In her previous roles, spanning over 12 years at Major Service and Chemical Companies, Tanhee has received several patents and authored industry papers related to oilfield chemistry and their application in the field. Tanhee holds a BS in Biology/Chemistry from Sam Houston State University.

Robert Hull
Black Mountain Oil and Gas
10:20 am – The Canning Basin of Western Australia, Discovering Unconventional Opportunity

Robert Hull has over thirty-four years geoscience experience including over ten years in microseismic acquisition design and interpretation, fiber optic fracture imaging, and geomechanical modeling. His current key interest is in reservoir and completions interactions observed though various technologies to better optimize and develop unconventional resources. He has a strong background including M.S. in seismic stratigraphy and sedimentology and high-powered skills in numerous geoscience software systems. He is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, publishes regularly, as well as has developed patents for the industry. Before Black Mountain, he was a Geotechnical Specialist at Pioneer Natural Resources for 19 years. At Pioneer, he worked at the senior level in the Geophysical Technology Group as a leader in 3D seismic, microseismic, geomechanics and fiber optics. He also provided interpretations for the Permian Basin, Barnett Shale, West Africa and South Africa for Pioneer. Prior to Pioneer, Hull worked as a geophysical specialist for Maxus Energy - YPF- Repsol in Indonesia. He holds a Bachelors in Geology from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in Geosciences from the University of Texas in Dallas.

Ted Cross
Novi Labs
10:45 am – Benchmarking Operator Performance in the Williston Basin using a Predictive Machine Learning Model

Ted Cross is Director of Product Management at Novi Labs, an Austin-based startup providing machine learning solutions for unconventional oil & gas development. Previously, he was a Technical Advisor for the sales and marketing team. Prior to joining Novi, Ted worked as a geologist for ConocoPhillips in a range of roles including Williston Basin development, Lower 48 exploration, global new ventures, and deepwater Gulf of Mexico exploration. He received a Master’s in Geology from the University of Arizona, specializing in thrust belts and foreland basins.

Nick Gianoutsos
U.S. Geological Survey
11:10 am – Results of the 2019 USGS Water and Proppant Assessment Associated with Petroleum Production from the Eagle Ford Group, Texas

Nicholas J. Gianoutsos is a Physical Scientist with the Central Energy Resources Science Center of the US Geological Survey. He earned a M.S. in computer science from Texas Tech University, and a B.S. in computer science from West Texas A&M University. His current research interests include water and proppant demands associated with hydraulic fracturing and produced waters in petroleum basins, geothermal potential in sedimentary basins associated with petroleum development, geographic information systems, and remote sensing.

Dicman Alfred
Scala Energy LLC
11:35 am – A New Methodology to Determine Well Spacing in Unconventional Reservoirs — Delaware Basin Case Study

Dicman Alfred serves as Director – Geoscience and Data Analytics for Vencer Energy LLC. In this role he would be responsible for acreage development, production optimization and data analytics. He has 19 years of unique expertise in Geoscience and Engineering domains. His areas of focus include business development, petrophysical modeling, inter-discipline integration, geo-cellular modeling, analytical reservoir performance analysis and optimization, completion design and data analytics. Recent experiences include serving as Director of Subsurface for SOTAOG, heading the real-time production optimization and predictive analytics group; Technical Advisor in the acreage acquisition to development for Scala Energy LLC; Senior petrophysicist with the Upstream Technology Worldwide Petrophysics group at Marathon Oil; Engineering Team lead for Eagle Ford field development and Integrated Project team lead for Woodford, Eagle Ford and Austin Chalk field studies. Prior to joining Marathon, he worked as a wireline field engineer for Halliburton Energy Services and as a Petroleum Engineer for Schlumberger Information Solutions. He holds a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai.


The Best of URTeC
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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